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story on the front pages of newspapers today. that is syria. and u.s. intelligence showing that they may be moving some of their stockpiles of chemical weapons. first, here was president obama yesterday, drawing a red line with syria. listen. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command, the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> so, general, does this mean we're closer to u.s. engagement? >> i don't think so at this point. as i understand it what we saw was movement or some activity in the places where they store their chemical weapons. i don't think we've seen the movement of chemical weapons forward to the point where they could be used or put on weapons. but i do think it puts syria on notice that this would be unacceptable behavior and there would be consequences for that behavior. and i like the president's words, will be held accountable. the wo
and retired. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." crisis in syria may be deepening, but there are also signs of a potential breakthrough. sources tell cbs news the united states has detected signs that syria's government is preparing chemical weapons for possible use. >> secretary of state clinton is holding an unscheduled meeting in ireland with the special envoy to syria. it is a sign that russia may be switching sides to put pressure on syria to stop the fighting. margaret brennan is in dublin covering those talks. good morning, margaret. do you think this is a sign of a diplomatic breakthrough? >> reporter: norah, it's a sign of a possible diplomatic breakthrough. u.n. envoy to syria is flying here to dublin for this last-minute meeting with secretary of state hillary clinton and the russian foreign minister. it may signal that russia is finally willing to take u.n. action to send a message to bashar al assad to stop the killing. russia one of syria's few remaining allies and so far have agreed to any interactions to stop the killing of t
in syria. margaret brennan is at the nato headquarters in brussels. >> reporter: hillary clinton just finished her last nato meeting as secretary of state. military alliance decided not to intervene in syria to stop the killing that has taken the lives of nearly 40,000 people. they are sending patriot missiles to turkey, to create a shield to protect against potential chemical weapons attack. >> we've made our views absolutely clear to the syrians, to the international community through various channels, public, private, direct, indirect that this is a situation that the entire international community is united on. >> reporter: secretary clinton said the missile shield will only be used for defensive purposes. nato did not discuss a no fly zone or safe haven to protect syrians. for "cbs this morning," margaret brennan, nato headquarters, brussels. >>> in an interview on tuesday, i asked former defense secretary robert gates about the worsening situation in syria and the possibility of the government using chemical weapons against the rebels. >> what should we do in syria if they attem
preconditions. for "cbs this morning," holly williams, cairo. >>> in syria this morning, rebel troops declared the airport in damascus to be a fair target, warning civilians to stay away. growing concern that syria's government to use chemical weapons. hillary clinton joined her russian counterpart. this morning, elizabeth palmer reports, hillary clinton says there are no easy answers. >> meetings yesterday were important but just the beginning and added nobody should believe it represented a breakthrough. clinton was more frank on president bashar al assad's lack of a place in seary's polityria future. >> every syrian must be included in this process for a new and better future. a future of this kind cannot possibly include assad. we go into these discussions with a clear sense of what we want to see accomplished, but a realistic understanding of how difficult it still is. >> second clinton said there would be another meeting in the coming days to discuss the way forward. for c"cbs this morning," elizabeth palmer, london. >> james baker, secretary of state under president george h. w. bush an
. >> one of the big challenges for the next secretary of state will be syria and our own mccormick spoke with secretary panetta and learned he is sending two missile batteries to turkey including 400 members of the u.s. military to help. does that signal a greater u.s. military involvement? >> what it signals is turkey is a member of nato. i have just come from turturkey. it has very serious issues with the number of refugees coming in. as a nato member we are really have to and want to and are committed to defending turkey so i think it is a 98nato issue and shows a sign we do not want the problems in syria to spread outside the borders. >> if in fact they begin to move chemical weapons, what should the united states and turkey and other country do so? >> people are very concerned about the use of the chemical weapons and also lack of control over them. and i think that there again, there will be -- president obama has made very clear that that is a line. and i think that there probably will be nato looking at it in a variety of -- >> looking at it meaning? >> more d
? >> well what doesn't he is probably a good answer. syria is a volatile situation. the president knows that the situation with iran and nuclear weapons is intense. all that and much much more. >> all right major garrett, thank you. >>> meanwhile, the fiscal cliff negotiations here in washington are going nowhere and congress is headed home for christmas. house speaker john boehner had to cancel a vote on his plan "b" when he couldn't find enough republican support. nancy cordes is on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it was a risky strategy from the beginning, designed to give speaker boehner more leverage in his negotiations with the president. but it backfired when too many of his own republicans balked at a bill to keep the bush era tax rates in place for anyone making under $1 million. the speaker held a press conference a short time ago to explain what went wrong. >> there was a perception created that that vote last night was going to increase taxes. now, i disagree with that characterization of the bill. that impression was out there. and
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